It’s “another day, another omiyage” at the Japanese office. One thing I’ve noticed is that omiyage, and, obviously, food from street vendors rarely have the nutritional content listed. If you’ve ever wondered about the calories in taiyaki, yokan, or other Japanese foods, the website eiyoukeisan.com (「栄養計算」) has the answers.
The main site is in Japanese, but there is some information in English. For example, if you look up the English information on manju, you can see the caloric and nutritional content by weight in English.
The Japanese end of the site has a lot more information. When you click enter, you can search in the toolbar or you can click on a category of foods to look up.
0. 料理 (ryouri) Meals
1. 穀類 (kokurui) Grains
2. 芋・豆 (imo & mame) Potatoes and Beans
3. 魚 (sakana) Fish
4. 貝・練製品 (kai & neriseihin) Shellfish and Fish Products
5. きのこ・海藻 (kinoko & kaisou) Mushrooms and Seaweed
6. 肉・卵 (niku & tamago) Meat and Eggs
7. 乳製品 (nyuuseihin) Dairy Products
8. 野菜 (yasai) Vegetables
9. 飲み物 (nomimono) Drinks
10. 調味料(choumiryou) Spices/Flavorings
11. お菓子 (okashi) Sweets
12. ジャム・漬け物 (jammu & tsukemono) Jams and Pickles
13. 果物 (kudamono) Fruit
14. 栄養素 (eiyouso) Nutritional Information
15. ユーザ情報 (yuuza jouhou) User Information (if you want to input your age, sex and height to get your daily recommended nutritional information)
16. 結果 (kekka) Results
By clicking on one of these categories, you will be taken to a list of foods in Japanese; click on one to get the nutritional information.
The part of the site I like best is the index of photos showing the weight of foods in grams (グラムの分かる写真館). This gives you an idea of what 100 grams of taiyaki or yokan looks like so you can make appropriate choices about serving sizes. Not only does it make looking up items easier, you have a visual guide to a variety of Japanese foods, too.
This is a great way to practice your Japanese (perhaps with the aid of rikaichan) and to take care of your body. Enjoy!
Leah Zoller is a second-year CIR in Anamizu and the editor of this blog. She found this site after wondering about the nutritional content of various omiyage.